Summary: Cast your worries and cares upon God
Give it to God!!
Once there was a man laying down with his ear pressed against the sidewalk, he was there a long time and many people walked by him…they would stop for a moment and stare and then move on….then a crowd started to gather…wondering what he was doing. The police came and they asked the man what he was doing. He said I am listening. The police asked him what he was listen to…he said, come listen…so one of the officers got down and did the same…after a moment he got up and said “I don’t hear anything” to which the man replied…”I know, it has been like that all day!!” They took the man to a mental hospital
Now I know that this is a funny illustration but we are a lot like this man…this man was worried that he did not hear anything, he was so consumed by worry that it took over his whole life.
What does the word "worry" mean?
Interestingly, the word in ancient English means "to choke or to strangle." So when you worry, the meaning of the English word is that somebody has you by your spiritual throat and is choking the life out of you.
This morning I have a question, what are you worried about? What do you have to worry about?
There are many things that people worry about:
Health- worrying about your health can make you sick
Money-if you have it you worry someone will take it, if you do not have it you worry where you will get it
Family-family is going to do what family is going to do, worrying about it will bring you back to ill health
Getting older-okay, who here is not getting older? Everyone gets older…you can not stop it
Death-death comes to us all…this you also can not stop….your main concern here should be where you will spent eternity.
We worry about too much, look with me at what Jesus says about worry. Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 6:25-34
"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! "Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?’ or `What will we drink?’ or `What will we wear for clothing?’ "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NASB)
I. Do not worry!
Now you might say, “well pastor, you do not know what I deal with, what I struggle with, what my worries are.” You are right, I do not know everything you are going through but God does.
Jesus tells us not to worry, do not worry about your food, what you will wear, or anything. God provides everything. He loves and cares for you
II. Give your cares to God
Look at I Peter 5:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (NASB)
First thing we see here is that we are to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand and authority…when we do this He exalts us
Then it says in verse 7, that we are to cast our anxiety upon Him….does this verse tell us to cast some of our cares on Him? No!!...it says ALL. Some translations says “…casting all your care…” The NLT has verse 7 as, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
God knows everything about you and He cares
Are you worried about something? Give it to God!!
Are you struggling with something? Give it to God!!